Prices range from $18 to $42
1. 2012 Origine Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley
Sourced from the Louvau Vineyard, in the heart of the Russian River Valley, this tiny production Sauvignon Blanc is super aromatic and beautiful. A Top 100 wine pick w/the San Francisco Chronicle.
2. 2011 L’Oliveto Chardonnay Russian River Valley
100% Chardonnay sourced from one of the oldest vineyards in the Russian River Valley, this one is barrel fermented and only about 300 cases were made. Rich and toasty notes are balanced by refreshing fruit flavors of pear, apple and citrus fruits.
3. 2012 Origine Rosé of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
We were lucky to receive one case of this wine, which I believe they produce less than 500 cases of. It is dry and very flavorful with notes of framboise, raspberry, cranberry and an assortment of other red fruits. Zesty, zesty and perfect for salmon, tuna, sushi and porch pounding!
4. 2011 Bench Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Ali Smith will be joining us for this tasting and she is the national sales and marketing manager for Brack Mountain. She said that in numerous trade, blind tastings, this wine beat out Kosta Browne more than once. That’s a bold statement considering Kosta Browne was Wine Spectator Wine of the Year in 2011. Come taste this, you might like it!
5. 2010 Bench Merlot Alexander Valley
This was a very pleasant suprise when we tasted it at the caves at Brack Mountain. More structured and “serious” than your average Merlot, this one breathes notes of ripe plum, cherry, cedar, spice box and herb. Really, really fine Merlot.
6. 2010 Cyprus Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley
This 300 case production wine comes from the top block of the Enos Vineyard, about 2 miles out West Dry Creek Road. It’s where Lynn and I stayed on our trip, so this wine has a very special place in our hearts. It is full, heavy and hearty, with gorgeous notes of macerated raspberry, black cherry and currant along with more complex nuances of cedar, spice box, earth and vanilla. Silver Oak fans will love this wine!